Thursday, April 30, 2009

More Baby Thoughts...

Since I am "with child" now and what's a more awesome cre8tive endeavor than that, I will be writing some about my pregnancy and more things in the world of babies and children.

Right now I'm thinking about:
  • Organizing the house so it's more baby friendly.
Right now the house is toddler friendly, i.e. safe, but messy usually. However, with the coming of a new baby we'll need more crawling and cruising safe areas. Meaning I need to shift more of the toddler toys into the Big Boy Room and make the living area baby friendly like it used to be. This may also mean rearranging the furniture again so the layout is more open. Our living and dining area is open and to delineate the spaces I had placed my couch horizontally facing the french doors for the living area with the back of the couch delineating the dining area. I will most likely move the couch back the wall so that the living dining space is open again.

  • My waist, I'm starting to miss it already!
I'm seeing such cute summer clothes and I know I won't be able to wear them. Also, everyone is telling me that being pregnant in the summer is unbearable because it's already hot and then being pregnant and bigger makes you hotter! Thanks guys!

  • Baby wearing
I'm an attachment parent at heart and I loved wearing my big boy in a sling when he was little. I just joined a new message board for babywearing, The Baby Wearer, and I'm thinking about joining a baby wearing group in my neck of the woods. Here's a little info. on the benefits of babywearing:
  • Babies cry less. Research has shown that babies who are carried cry (on average) 43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours (1). In cultures where babies are carried almost continuously, babies cry much less than those in non-carrying cultures (2-6).
  • Good for baby's mental development. Babies spend more time in a "quiet, alert state" when carried - the ideal state for learning. Their senses are stimulated while being carried (yet there is a place to retreat too). When carried, your baby sees the world from where you do, instead of the ceiling above his crib or people's knees from a stroller. And the extra stimulation benefits brain development.
  • Good for baby's emotional development. Babies are quickly able to develop a sense of security and trust when they are carried. They are more likely to be securely attached to their care-giver/s (7) and often become independent at an earlier age (8).
That's it for now folks!

More Baby Thoughts...

Since I am "with child" now and what's a more awesome cre8tive endeavor than that, I will be writing some about my pregnancy and more things in the world of babies and children.

Right now I'm thinking about:
  • Organizing the house so it's more baby friendly.
Right now the house is toddler friendly, i.e. safe, but messy usually. However, with the coming of a new baby we'll need more crawling and cruising safe areas. Meaning I need to shift more of the toddler toys into the Big Boy Room and make the living area baby friendly like it used to be. This may also mean rearranging the furniture again so the layout is more open. Our living and dining area is open and to delineate the spaces I had placed my couch horizontally facing the french doors for the living area with the back of the couch delineating the dining area. I will most likely move the couch back the wall so that the living dining space is open again.

  • My waist, I'm starting to miss it already!
I'm seeing such cute summer clothes and I know I won't be able to wear them. Also, everyone is telling me that being pregnant in the summer is unbearable because it's already hot and then being pregnant and bigger makes you hotter! Thanks guys!

  • Baby wearing
I'm an attachment parent at heart and I loved wearing my big boy in a sling when he was little. I just joined a new message board for babywearing, The Baby Wearer, and I'm thinking about joining a baby wearing group in my neck of the woods. Here's a little info. on the benefits of babywearing:
  • Babies cry less. Research has shown that babies who are carried cry (on average) 43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours (1). In cultures where babies are carried almost continuously, babies cry much less than those in non-carrying cultures (2-6).
  • Good for baby's mental development. Babies spend more time in a "quiet, alert state" when carried - the ideal state for learning. Their senses are stimulated while being carried (yet there is a place to retreat too). When carried, your baby sees the world from where you do, instead of the ceiling above his crib or people's knees from a stroller. And the extra stimulation benefits brain development.
  • Good for baby's emotional development. Babies are quickly able to develop a sense of security and trust when they are carried. They are more likely to be securely attached to their care-giver/s (7) and often become independent at an earlier age (8).
That's it for now folks!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Handmade Mart in Silver Spring, MD


Why am I just finding out about this awesomeness! I don't know if I'll have enough time or moolah to make my stuff to vend and we'd planned to either go to VA Beach or NJ for the Memorial Day weekend, so I might miss the whole show!

A brand spankin’ new indie craft show is coming to the DC Metro area on May 31st! The Handmade Mart will take place in the vibrant new arts district of Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.
Working in conjunction with the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, this one-day, juried show will feature 50+ vendors selling amazing handmade goods, live indie rock on stage all day, plus cool hands-on workshops in the Pyramid Atlantic Retail Store!

The Handmade Mart will take place on Ellsworth Drive (Between Fenton and Georgia Ave.), which is right smack in the middle of all the Downtown Silver Spring restaurants, bars and shops. Ellsworth Drive will be closed to traffic for our event. This fair is close to Metro and there is abundant FREE parking. View Map

Now Accepting Applications
If you make stuff and want to sell at the Handmade Mart, applications are being accepted until APRIL 30. Applications can be downloaded from the website and emailed or mailed in. It’s FREE to apply, and the booth fee is only $50.

Check out our Blog
Aside from our main page on the Pyramid Atlantic website, the Handmade Mart has a blog that will keep you up-to-date with the latest fair happenings, vendor profiles and much more. Check it out at handmademart.blogspot.com.

Volunteer
We’re looking for a handful of volunteers to help us out at the fair. There are sweet deals associated with being a volunteer. Please email us if you’re interested and we’ll give you all the details.

Questions?
What: The Handmade Mart
Where: Downtown Silver Spring, MD on Ellsworth Dr.
When: Sunday, May 31, 10am-5pm
Apply: pyramidatlanticartcenter.org/handmademart

Handmade Mart in Silver Spring, MD


Why am I just finding out about this awesomeness! I don't know if I'll have enough time or moolah to make my stuff to vend and we'd planned to either go to VA Beach or NJ for the Memorial Day weekend, so I might miss the whole show!

A brand spankin’ new indie craft show is coming to the DC Metro area on May 31st! The Handmade Mart will take place in the vibrant new arts district of Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.
Working in conjunction with the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, this one-day, juried show will feature 50+ vendors selling amazing handmade goods, live indie rock on stage all day, plus cool hands-on workshops in the Pyramid Atlantic Retail Store!

The Handmade Mart will take place on Ellsworth Drive (Between Fenton and Georgia Ave.), which is right smack in the middle of all the Downtown Silver Spring restaurants, bars and shops. Ellsworth Drive will be closed to traffic for our event. This fair is close to Metro and there is abundant FREE parking. View Map

Now Accepting Applications
If you make stuff and want to sell at the Handmade Mart, applications are being accepted until APRIL 30. Applications can be downloaded from the website and emailed or mailed in. It’s FREE to apply, and the booth fee is only $50.

Check out our Blog
Aside from our main page on the Pyramid Atlantic website, the Handmade Mart has a blog that will keep you up-to-date with the latest fair happenings, vendor profiles and much more. Check it out at handmademart.blogspot.com.

Volunteer
We’re looking for a handful of volunteers to help us out at the fair. There are sweet deals associated with being a volunteer. Please email us if you’re interested and we’ll give you all the details.

Questions?
What: The Handmade Mart
Where: Downtown Silver Spring, MD on Ellsworth Dr.
When: Sunday, May 31, 10am-5pm
Apply: pyramidatlanticartcenter.org/handmademart

Monday, April 27, 2009

Weekend Sewing!

Okay, not this weekend, but last weekend! This weekend was filled with hayrides, pony rides, sheep shearing, duck and peacock feeding and indoor picnics! However last weekend I was a sewing machine (as promised). I have finally made the rocket ship comforter and pillow for the big boy room! He still won't sleep in there, but one step at a time.

I made the pillow using this awesome tutorial from Fabritopia, you can also buy a "kit" that has all the fabric cut to size, but I had my own fabric for the project. This took me about an hour because I had a lovely two year old who wanted to help at every turn, but I'm sure if you attempt this without a toddler assistant you can finish it much faster! Here is the lovely finished pillowcase:

After I put my "assistant" down for his nap, I decided to tackle the comforter. Now a comforter is basically a big throw pillow that is long and flat, so I didn't use a tutorial or pattern for it. I knew the measurements of the toddler bed and factored in an inch for seams/leeway, plus 3 inches on each side for "hang" on the bed. Most toddler beds are 27.5 x 52, so I made the dimensions of the comforter 36 x 55. I decided to incorporate all the fabrics that were used in his pillowcase, so one side was completely the white robot print and the other side was the stripes, with a 6" orange robot border. I used an old fleece blanket as the inner "filling" for the comforter. Here are the results on the big boy bed:




This is the happy customer!

Weekend Sewing!

Okay, not this weekend, but last weekend! This weekend was filled with hayrides, pony rides, sheep shearing, duck and peacock feeding and indoor picnics! However last weekend I was a sewing machine (as promised). I have finally made the rocket ship comforter and pillow for the big boy room! He still won't sleep in there, but one step at a time.

I made the pillow using this awesome tutorial from Fabritopia, you can also buy a "kit" that has all the fabric cut to size, but I had my own fabric for the project. This took me about an hour because I had a lovely two year old who wanted to help at every turn, but I'm sure if you attempt this without a toddler assistant you can finish it much faster! Here is the lovely finished pillowcase:

After I put my "assistant" down for his nap, I decided to tackle the comforter. Now a comforter is basically a big throw pillow that is long and flat, so I didn't use a tutorial or pattern for it. I knew the measurements of the toddler bed and factored in an inch for seams/leeway, plus 3 inches on each side for "hang" on the bed. Most toddler beds are 27.5 x 52, so I made the dimensions of the comforter 36 x 55. I decided to incorporate all the fabrics that were used in his pillowcase, so one side was completely the white robot print and the other side was the stripes, with a 6" orange robot border. I used an old fleece blanket as the inner "filling" for the comforter. Here are the results on the big boy bed:




This is the happy customer!

Friday, April 17, 2009

I love Fabric!


I wish I had this stash! My fabric should be getting a work out this weekend, because I am committed to sewing SOMETHING, ANYTHING!

I love Fabric!


I wish I had this stash! My fabric should be getting a work out this weekend, because I am committed to sewing SOMETHING, ANYTHING!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hello Craft: Summit of Awesomeness



The Summit of Awesome is 3-days filled with business seminars for artists and crafters, hands-on workshops, the D.C. premiere of the Indie Craft Documentary, Handmade Nation, and a Saturday night party. Through a partnership with the MidCity Business Association, all Summit seminars and workshops will take place in the wondrous and vibrant independent businesses in MidCity (14th and U Streets NW). There will be informal tours of DC’s coolest indie shops and a welcome reception for early arrivals on Thursday, April 30th.
The Summit of Awesome is shaping up quite nicely and it is looking to be a craft-packed weekend of, dare I say - Awesome? Have you heard? Space is limited so you might want to register now!


I would love to attend this awesome craft seminar being held in DC May 1st through 3rd, but I don't think my finances will allow esp. with a new bambino on the way. All access passes are currently the discounted price of $150, after April 10, passes are $180. But if you are fortunate enough to go, please fill me in when you return!

Hello Craft: Summit of Awesomeness



The Summit of Awesome is 3-days filled with business seminars for artists and crafters, hands-on workshops, the D.C. premiere of the Indie Craft Documentary, Handmade Nation, and a Saturday night party. Through a partnership with the MidCity Business Association, all Summit seminars and workshops will take place in the wondrous and vibrant independent businesses in MidCity (14th and U Streets NW). There will be informal tours of DC’s coolest indie shops and a welcome reception for early arrivals on Thursday, April 30th.
The Summit of Awesome is shaping up quite nicely and it is looking to be a craft-packed weekend of, dare I say - Awesome? Have you heard? Space is limited so you might want to register now!


I would love to attend this awesome craft seminar being held in DC May 1st through 3rd, but I don't think my finances will allow esp. with a new bambino on the way. All access passes are currently the discounted price of $150, after April 10, passes are $180. But if you are fortunate enough to go, please fill me in when you return!

Baby Thoughts....

Lately I've been thinking about baby things to make, why you ask? Because, WooHoo!!! We're having baby #2!!! I really am hoping and praying for a little girl, so my Big Boy can be a Big Brother to a Little Sister, but I will be blessed either way. I am so tempted to buy some girlie fabric and start making blankets, but what if it's a boy? I guess I could make girl and neutral blankies and then once I know the sex sell the ones that don't fit!

Well here are the baby details:

Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker

Baby Thoughts....

Lately I've been thinking about baby things to make, why you ask? Because, WooHoo!!! We're having baby #2!!! I really am hoping and praying for a little girl, so my Big Boy can be a Big Brother to a Little Sister, but I will be blessed either way. I am so tempted to buy some girlie fabric and start making blankets, but what if it's a boy? I guess I could make girl and neutral blankies and then once I know the sex sell the ones that don't fit!

Well here are the baby details:

Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker


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